Disclaimer: I received a copy of these items in exchange for an honest review.
While I have an awesome geography curriculum, we never seem to get to it. I’ve been searching for geography resources that will expose my kids to geography in small amounts so that its easy to fit it in. When they were looking for people to review the If You Were Me books by Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media, I was excited to be able to take a peek.
If You Were Me and Lived In…
We were sent all 4 titles in the If You Were Me series –If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea, If You Were Me and Lived in…France, and the newest book, If You Were Me & Lived in Norway. Each book covers several areas of life–what your name might be, what you call your parents (surprisingly similar even in Asian countries!), what you might see & eat, where you might go to school and more. With very few words and colorful pages & illustrations, these books work well for children ages 3 and up. Each paperback book is about 10×10 and retails for $9.99. At the time I write this, they are only $8.99 on Amazon. Also available for Kindle, they are a bargain at $0.99 each.
Likes & Dislikes
These books were very fun to read. Short & sweet, they worked very well to introduce the girls to the parts of other cultures most relevant to them–what they eat, what they would call their parents, what their friends names might be and what they do for fun, among other things.
We received the books for South Korea, Mexico, Norway & France and they worked well for a basic introduction to different cultures. They also did a good job of providing a birds eye view of the country, what they may find there, & where the capital is. I think they all even included a national holiday. The pictures were colorful, but not busy and I loved how they used bright pages with large text in lieu of large, overly detailed pictures.
We used these books as a supplement to other geography discussions and I think the countries pair nicely with Little Passports. They are also common enough countries that most children may have heard of them. When they do, it would be a great time to follow the rabbit trail with these books. Since they aren’t super long, you can follow those rabbit trails without taking too much time to do so.
Overall, we really enjoyed these books. If you are looking to add geography resources in a way that isnt a curriculum per se, but works alongside your other studies, than these would be a great resource for that..
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